PhD Life

How I dealt with anxiety on my PhD
How I dealt with anxiety on my PhD
by | Lifestyle

Have you ever felt like the world was passing you by? Have you felt like you’re rooted to the pavement whilst everyone around you is going on with their daily lives, laughing, progressing…

Things to know before the PhD
Things to know before the PhD
by | Features

By Furaha Asani (Orisirisi Blog) As a PhD student, have you ever thought about what you will do in the event that things don’t work out according to your plans? This isn’t something a lot of us tend to think of at the start of the PhD process. I would encourage you to make a […]

What I wish I knew before the PhD
What I wish I knew before the PhD
by | Features

We recently ran a huge social media campaign calling all past and present PhD researchers to share what they wished they knew before embarking on the academic journey. (Read Furaha’s personal story on her journey with mental health, losing loved ones, and more – Things to know before the PhD) A big thank you to everyone who responded! […]

Top 10 Academic Twitter Accounts
Top 10 Academic Twitter Accounts
by | Features

More academics are getting social-media savvy on Twitter, and we think it’s a good thing! It provides great opportunity to build community, collaborate, and share research. We know that when you’re a newbie on Twitter, it can feel totally lonely and downright confusing. This is why we have come up with the top 10 accounts every academic […]

Oh boy, the PhD is not easy!
Oh boy, the PhD is not easy!
by | Lifestyle

By Dr Michael Irene| Trust me when I say this, PhD is hard. When, in January 2012, I started the program, I didn’t anticipate what was coming. In November of the same year, a shocker came: my first supervisor resigned without informing me, and a new one was assigned. The new supervisor read my work […]

Meet the Scholar | Yemi Jegz
Meet the Scholar | Yemi Jegz
by | Meet The Scholar

Meet Yemi Jegede, the PhD researcher whom otherwise would have been a football player… cool geek.  Tell us about your research? My research revolves around the development of sustainable eco-friendly heating and air-conditioning solutions for use in the emerging landscape of emission cuts (huh?). In simple terms, I am working on air-conditioners that are less harmful […]

#EditorDiary When does it feel over?
#EditorDiary When does it feel over?
by | Features

I recently handed in and passed my PhD viva in April. The congratulatory messages from friends and family has had me floating and twirling in the air. But no sooner than the giddy feeling takes hold, I find myself aground again. The truth is it doesn’t feel like it’s over. I still watch Netflix and […]

The Magic of Deadlines
The Magic of Deadlines
by | Lifestyle

By Michelle Reeve | Love ’em or hate ’em, deadlines play an important role in academia. As much as they sometimes scare me, I personally enjoy working to deadlines, particularly if they’re set by something or someone else (i.e. not self-imposed – I’m not strict enough on myself to work well to those!). Without deadlines, my […]

“write in your voice”, But What does it mean?
“write in your voice”, But What does it mean?
by | Lifestyle

Guardian UK published a viral article on The Key to a Successful PhD: Write in Your Own Voice. Honestly, this is easier said than done! If I were to take this advice verbatim, I would be writing my thesis like a blog post. We all know that is one way to ask for trouble with the […]